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How do I Reset Browser, Empty Cache?

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2012 09:27AM PST
About cache, cookies, and history
Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (i.e., stores) it. This way, the browser doesn't have to work hard to retrieve files (including images and information, etc) from the website every time you click Back or Forward. You want to clear your cache regularly to allow your browser to function more efficiently.
 
A cookie is a file created by a web browser and stored on your computer. These files typically store user-specific information such as logins, passwords, etc. Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or your browser.
 
A browser's history is a log of sites that you visit. When you press a browser's Back button, you are moving back one entry the history log. Browsers will normally clear history at regular intervals, but you may want to clear it manually for privacy reasons.
 
Internet Explorer 8 and above
1. From the Safety menu in the upper right, click Delete Browsing History.
2. Deselect Preserve Favorites website data, and select Temporary Internet
    files, Cookies, and History. 
3. Click Delete. 
 
Internet Explorer 7
1. From the Tools menu in the upper right, select Internet Options. 
2. Under "Browsing history", click Delete.
3. To delete your cache, click Delete files.
    To delete your cookies, click Delete cookies.
    To delete your history, click Delete history.
4. Click Close, and then click OK to exit. 
 
Firefox 3.5 and above for Windows
1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History.
2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range
    or to clear your entire cache, select Everything.
3. Click the down arrow next to "Details" to choose what history elements
    to clear (e.g., check Cookies to clear cookies). Click Clear Now. 
 
Firefox 3 for Windows
1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History and then select the
   items you want to delete (e.g., Browsing & Download History, Cache, 
   Cookies).
2. Click Clear Recent History.
 
Chrome
1. In the browser bar, enter: chrome://settings/clearBrowserData 
2. Select the items you want to clear (e.g., Clear browsing history, Clear
   download history, Empty the cache, Delete cookies and other site and 
   plug-in data). 
3. You can choose the period of time for which you want to clear cached 
   information from Obliterate. To clear your entire cache, select the 
   beginning of time.
4. Click Clear browsing data. 
 
Safari
1. From the Safari menu, select Reset Safari.
2. From the menu, select the items you want to reset, and then click Reset.
 
As of Safari 5.1, Remove all website data covers both cookies and cache. 
 
Firefox 3.5 and above for Mac OS X
1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History. 
2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range
    or to clear your entire cache, select Everything. 
3. Click the down arrow next to "Details" to choose which elements to clear. Click Clear Now. 
 
Firefox 3 for Mac OS X
1. In Firefox, from the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History. 
2. Select the elements you want to clear (e.g., Browsing & Download
   History, Cache, Cookies), and then click Clear Private Data Now. 
 
Mobile Safari for iPhone OS (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad)
To clear cache and cookies:
1. From the home screen, tap Settings, and then tap Safari. 
2. At the bottom of Safari's settings screen, tap the buttons for Clear
   Cookies and Clear Cache. 
3. To confirm, tap Clear Cookies or Clear Cache 
   again. 
To clear history:
1. From the home screen, tap Safari.
2. At the bottom of the screen, tap the Bookmarks icon.
3. In the lower left, tap Clear.
4. Tap Clear History. 
 
Android
To clear cache, cookies, or history:
1. Start your browser. 
2. Tap Menu, and then tap More. 
3. Select Settings. 
4. Under "Privacy settings", select Clear cache, Clear history, or Clear
   all cookie data as appropriate, and then tap OK to accept (or Cancel to
   cancel) the deletion. 

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